Multitude of Scams Around

The ATO has again warned taxpayers about scams including fake job advertisements, emails and bogus phone calls.

This year there have been over 6,000 reports from the community about bogus emails using the ATO brand, and over 4,000 reports of attempted phone scams.

Only certain people and organisations can ask for a taxpayer's TFN, the most common being:

  • the ATO;
  • their employer, but only after they start work;
  • their bank or other financial institutions;
  • Centrelink; and
  • their superannuation fund.

Editor: The key seems to be: Don't click on emails purporting to be from the ATO – contact them separately by phone or by logging into the Portal.